The People's Perspective on Medicine

Meat Allergy Is Not Imaginary

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Q. I have had serious allergic reactions for almost 20 years and have almost died three times. Despite this, doctors told me that my allergies (to beef, pork or lamb) were all in my head.

When I needed open-heart surgery, I mentioned my allergies. The surgeon sent my blood to the University of Virginia, and I was diagnosed with alpha-gal allergy.

A. This tick-induced allergy to meat can cause symptoms such as hives, digestive distress and difficulty breathing. This reaction is mysterious because it can occur hours after eating. Poultry and fish do not trigger this response.

Many other readers have had similar experiences. you can read more about them at PeoplesPharmacy.com.

 

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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